"Scary" Killzone 2 Ads Cause Backlash
Whenever we step outside our doors we're assaulted by a fresh wave of hypocrisy and double standards. It's simply the way of the world.
According to GamePolitics, Sony has been asked to remove poster advertisements for Killzone 2 in a bus kiosk in Toronto, Canada. As the Toronto Star reports, elementary school teacher Davis Mirza complained that kids shouldn't be exposed to the menacing imagery in the poster. Said Mirza:
"My kids, who come from a lot of different countries, who have to experience violence, who basically come here to seek shelter and safety, that's the stuff they don't need to see. [The ad features a] menacing head with glowing eyes... [and a war zone] like Iraq...
I don't think that when you're in Scarborough, where we're having to deal on a constant basis with violence, that does anything to help promote any kind of community renewal or even responsibility."
Oh yes, that's the first thing I thought of when I saw the dark, gritty futuristic atmosphere of a KZ2 ad: "Iraq." Mm-hm. It also doesn't help that the York Region Transit line of bus shelters has now received another complaint about the frightening poster; this one coming from a concerned parent, who said his three-year-old boy wouldn't go to school after seeing the poster. His father said the Helghast seemed like a monster, and the boy thought it would be waiting at school to "get him." While we certainly don't condone the wrong sort of material falling into the wrong hands, this just seems absurd. All of it.
The commercial for "Last House on the Left" is a hundred times more frightening than a silly and extremely vague poster in a bus kiosk, and that commercial is on six hundred times per hour on every last channel on earth. There's more frightening imagery in "Pirates of the Caribbean" and those movies aren't even rated "R." Last I checked, parents were bringing toddlers to see those films (brilliant move, that), and we're complaining about a poster with a helmet and red eyes. ...why do we get the sneaking suspicion that if it had been a movie poster, this never would've been a story?
Related Game(s): Killzone 2
3/15/2009 Ben Dutka